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The House of Viktor & Rolf

Installation view of Viktor and Rolf

Viktor & Rolf took the fashion world by storm with their particular blend of cool irony and surreal beauty. This was the first UK exhibition to focus on the highly influential duo.

The House of Viktor & Rolf presented each of the designer’s signature pieces from 1992 to 2008, shown in a specially commissioned and characteristically theatrical installation that dominated the entire Gallery.

Highlights included pieces from Atomic Bomb, 1998–99, featuring dramatic mushroom cloud-like cushioned necklines and Russian Doll, 1999–2000, in which a single model was painstakingly dressed by Viktor & Rolf until she was gasping under 70 kilogrammes of exquisite haute couture. For the collection Bells, 2000-2001, models emerged from a smoke-filled space in clothes embroidered with hundreds of brass bells, so they were heard before they could be seen.

Tagged with: Art Gallery Archive

Curated by the Barbican.

Supported by Premsela, Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion, VandenEnde Foundation and Mondriaan Stichting (Mondrian Foudation)

Associate Partners: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Made in Arnhem/Cool, Region Arnhem Nijmegem, Visit Holland

Media Partners: Elle, Telegraph


Centraal Museum, Utrecht
25 November 2008 – 8 February 2009